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John's Gospel:a new look- no 25 The Promise of the Holy Spirit
John’s Gospel –a new look no.25 “God in you, the work of The Helper”.
Christianity is a movement that is worldwide and for God to be working in every place at every time the Holy Spirit as an indwelling gift makes this miracle possible(Jn.14:17; 16:7). John records this fact and in the next chapters Jesus will explain much about the “Spirit of Truth.”
Jesus has just told his disciples that he is leaving to return to the Father and this would have been of concern to them. Yes he would return, but what about the time in between? So Jesus assures them that they will not be left alone.
In the “Great Commission” as recorded in Mathew 28:18/19 Jesus assures his followers that he will be with them to the end of the age. How can that be? On the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38) Peter tells the crowd that if they repent and are baptized they will “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”.
So the promise Jesus made has become a reality. He will not leave them "as orphans" as he explained in John 14:18 (N.I.V.) The Holy Spirit is available to every believer who then is empowered to be the person that God intended them to be. With this promise comes “the peace that passes understanding” as Paul puts it in Philippians 4:7.
Unfortunately the work and function of the Holy Spirit is often misunderstood and often abused. This has had a negative effect on Christianity. In actual fact it is a vital part of God’s great plan to bridge the gap between the physical and spiritual world. It is “God with you and living in you.” (John 14:17 cp. 1 Cor.6:19)